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JTCC Players Earn 5 Balls At Clay Nationals

Jul 19, 2023

Seventeen-year-old Stiles Brockett experienced a familiar euphoria over the weekend, claiming his third career gold ball National title at the 2023 Level 1 USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Doubles Championship in Delray Beach, FL.

After capturing two gold balls in 2022, Brockett added to his illustrious junior achievements with a second career Doubles gold ball and earning his first in the highly competitive Boys’ 18s division.

Competing in seven grueling matches in eight days, Brockett and fellow five-star recruit Cassius Chinlund defeated four seeded teams before scoring a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the championship match over Florida natives Tygen Goldammer and Charlie Spencer.

“Stiles and his partner play well together and had a tremendous week,” JTCC Senior Director of Player Development Ali Agnamba said. “We are extremely proud of Stiles earning another gold ball.”

Two other JTCC High Performance players and a JTCC alumnus also scored impressive results at the prestigious junior event.

After winning a bronze ball at the 2022 Easter Bowl, alumnus Cyrus Mahjoob, who will play collegiate tennis at Division I University of Michigan in the fall, continued his spectacular play by capturing the silver ball for the USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Singles Championship in Delray Beach, FL.  

“Cyrus competed well and fought hard. He made his opponents work for every point,” Agnamba said. “His mindset was he was either going to win fast, or take his opponents legs, and he did just that from the beginning to the end.”

JTCC High Performance players Nicolas Pedraza and Erik Schinnerer earned well-deserved hardware for their outstanding play during the week in the USTA Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Singles and Doubles Championships in Dothan, AL.  

Schinnerer was a two-time winner taking home a silver ball in doubles and bronze ball in singles, while Pedraza finished fourth place in singles and captured a bronze ball in doubles to round out the five National Balls won at the esteemed junior events.

“Everyone had a great showing at Clay Nationals,” JTCC Senior Director of Coach Development Oliver Akli said. “To earn five Balls as a group is outstanding and our players are excited to have more success at Kalamazoo Hard Court Nationals in three weeks.” 

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